Arizona National Forests Close Many Recreation and Developed Sites

Mar 25, 2020

Multiple national forests in Arizona have closed recreation sites and other developed areas because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Fossil Creek on the Coconino National Forest is one of several recreational and developed sites on local forests that are closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Coconino National Forest officials say group and single-family campgrounds, rental cabins and visitor centers will remain off limits to the public indefinitely. Day-use sites in Oak Creek Canyon, Clints Well and other areas of the forest are closed along with heritage sites like Honanki, Palatki and V Bar V. Forest officials are offering refunds for canceled reservations.

The Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests have also closed all such sites because of COVID-19. The Kaibab National Forest has closed some developed recreation areas on the North Kaibab, Tusayan and Williams ranger districts.

Officials say the forests remain open but they encourage users to socially distance from others while outside. They also urge those in the forest to pack out all trash and mitigate impacts to public lands.